Garmin has told us they were pleased with the success of the iQue 3600. Amazon has now spilled the beans on the iQue 3200 and we’re hearing there is likely a second, high end unit due before the year is out.
According to the listing on Amazon, the iQue 3200 will sell for roughly $460, though they have it listed at a special price of $429.99 with an expected ship date of August 1.
While the shell appears to be very similar to the 3600, there are a number of significant changes. The 3200 is scaled back quite a bit eliminating the headset jack, voice recorder, and no MP3 playing ability. The data on Amazon conflicts though on the important screen issue. The description calls it 320 x 480, though the picture clearly indicates that it is not. With everything else scaled back, it would not be surprising to see a reduction in screen size as well. The iQue 3200 will run Palm OS v5.2 with 32MB internal RAM and a Motorola Dragonball processor.
In case they pull the product page, here’s the product description from Garmin:
From the Manufacturer
With the power of Palm OS 5.2 and the dependability of Garmin GPS technology, this super PDA redefines multitasking. Its integrated software not only allows you to look up appointments and contacts, it also locates and routes you to them with voice-guidance commands. Feature highlights include: GPS receiver, infrared communication, and vibrating alarm.
The differentiating feature of the iQue 3200 is its integrated GPS capabilities. Garmin’s innovative Que technology delivers location awareness, electronic mapping, automatic route calculation, turn-by-turn voice guidance, and map data interface to the iQue 3200. Que technology enables users to see where they are, find a street address, know where the next turn is via visual and voice guidance, get back on track when they ve strayed off course, and navigate efficiently to their desired destination.
Users can choose a configurable basemap of North America, with generalized information on highways, major city streets, highway exit services, railways, rivers, lakes, and state, provincial, and national borders. The iQue also has the added benefit of detailed street information on the included MapSource CD-ROM, giving users the capability of looking up restaurant addresses, hotels, local attractions, transportation hubs, emergency services, and much more. Once a desired point of interest is chosen, you have the capability to view more info or even show it on the map screen.
The iQue 3200 is built around the Palm OS 5.2 platform and offers standard Palm applications, such as Address Book, Calculator, Date Book, Memo Pad, and To Do List. And there s enough processing power to search large databases of stored information and to enhance display graphics with easy-to-read fonts and crisp electronic maps.
One of the key benefits of technology integration on the iQue 3200 is its patent-pending contact-locator feature. Enabled by Garmin’s Que technology, this feature connects the Palm Address Book and Date Book to the GPS electronic map to give the user the ability to navigate directly to a specific address within the user s contact database.
The Garmin iQue 3200 features the new Motorola DragonBall MXL ARM9 microprocessor, and boasts 32 MB DRAM. This handheld is powered by Palm OS 5.2, which offers the processing power to take on the most demanding mobile computing tasks, together with advanced multimedia and the wireless connectivity and security that enterprises require.
The iQue 3200 delivers brilliant images with its 2.16-by-3.24-inch display. It has a 16-bit color display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution.
Expand your iQue 3200 via its Secure Digital slot.
The iQue 3200 comes with the following Garmin Que applications: GPS Clock, Address Lookup, Electronic Mapping, Track Log, Trip Computer, Automatic Route Generation, and Turn-by-Turn Voice Guidance, as well as these Palm OS 5.2 applications: Address Book, Calculator, Date Book, Expense, Mail, Memo Pad, Palm Reader, and To Do List. In addition, it includes these third-party applications: Astraware Game Pack, Documents to Go, powerOne Personal Calculator, StarCaddy, SplashPhoto, and Vindigo.